"It would be impossible to give a higher recommendation, or have a better partner, on a complicated real estate development project than John Goff
The College Football Hall of Fame
project in Atlanta was extremely complicated, not only from a physical logistics, timing and budget standpoint, but also in that there were many stakeholders at the table: the client, multiple exhibit & media design firms, state government, city government, numerous corporate sponsors and college football business participants, each of which brought their own set of preferences and demands.
single-handedly orchestrated all of those moving parts with patience and diligence, striking the perfect balance of deference and insistence on maintaining discipline and progress.
"John worked as the owner's representative for six years on the project beginning in the conceptual stages, working through international competitions for the architect, designers and construction team and bringing the construction of the facility to completion.
was crucial at every step in bringing a very complex and high-profile project to successful completion on timing, budgetary and design goals.
brings a unique set of skills to his
has a keen business sense of the implications of various decisions.
frequently showed his
ability to think several steps ahead in the process and anticipate forthcoming challenges and potential solutions.
also has the ability to work across types of people involved in complex projects - he
is comfortable in public settings, board rooms, and jobs sites and everywhere in between.
also was crucial in providing leadership to our entire team.
John often met with the Center's Board of Directors to provide strategic thinking and options at important decision-making points.
was deeply involved in the various planning stages including considerations regarding long-term operational decisions.
"It must be said that from myself and Matthew Sign that there is no one we respect more than John Goff
and that comes from years of working closely with him on the College Football Hall of Fame
is a true professional and never took your eye off the ball or project.
As I have said often the top of the Hall should say "Goff
From all of us at the NFF
please accept our heartfelt gratitude for a job well done and with class.
The Hall is a testament to John Goff
and the amazing team he
assembled to execute it.
made it fun and he
did it right.
We have valued our friendship with John
immensely and hope that there are more chapters to come with DaVinci Development Collaborative and the NFF
"Every project I have undertaken with John
(and we have worked on several over the last 17 years!) is not just about the job, it is also about building a relationship and most importantly, making it fun.
Unlike many in this profession, John
supports the notion that the greatest success for a project is when everyone on the team can be elevated to do their best work."
"as a board member, John headed the Real Estate Committee for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ("AHFH") during its search for a new headquarters facility to replace an aging, inefficient facility on which the lease was expiring.
Under John's leadership, AHFH
acquired a nearby existing building and renovated it to better fit our varied needs.
also assisted AHFH
in developing a new retail facility on the site.
"The DaVinci Development Collaborative's
, Managing Principal, John Goff
is one of those unique professionals who will assure that the integrity of each project stands up to the highest standards of the field.
Yet, all along the process, he
will gracefully mange all the parties involved.
is a master of his
"I had the pleasure of working with John as the exhibits contractor on the College Football Hall of Fame.
During my first meeting with John
(he mentioned that the project would be well managed.
was true to his
With John I saw and experienced a management style you can trust.
has a great ability to analyze and build teams in support of his
client, with an eye to balancing quality and value.
approaches the process with clear direction and is willing to roll up his
sleeves and get into the details if he
sees risks or a need to support the greater team.
is also very respectful of his
The design of the building, media infrastructure, and exhibits for the College Football Hall of Fame
was very complex with many parties contributing to the success of the project.
John's leadership in overseeing, managing, and holding accountable this complex team contributed greatly to the project's success.
enjoys working on projects that are based on a team approach and working together for the betterment of the project.
We would welcome the opportunity to work again with John
in this dynamic."
"John Goff was invaluable from the moment he joined the team.
technical qualifications are impressive; even more impressive however has been his
ability to coordinate a rather disparate group of players and make things MOVE.
has had to be listener and leader, referee and psychologist, firm and patient.
has had to juggle not just one set of architectural artistic egos, but two different groups, balancing the needs of his
clients (us-the ICVB) with the almost equally important needs of our hotel partner.
has had to work with elected and appointed officials, none of whom has his
breadth of experience, but many of whom chose to challenge his
has had to educate and tolerate these officials, on the public stage at City Council meetings.
Knowing how critical the budget's accuracy has been from the beginning, John Goff
remained focused on ways to deliver the absolutely best product well within budget and on schedule.
would continue to find many more solutions that all players would adopt for any of their own future projects; he
is simply that good."
is one of the finest development partners that I have had an opportunity to interact with.
The level of his
knowledge, leadership and ability to get things done in a fair and equitable manner is to be admired.
I have not met an equal to him.
Even though he
can be direct and firm when circumstances dictated, he
also has the ability to balance the personal side of the partnership.
Truly a rare gift.
Equally, from the Bank's perspective, he
has demonstrated a true eye to the owner and client in many areas, especially financial.
One could surmise being a 50/50 partners (as John
represented our partner Cousins) might cause one to respond this way, but I subscribe to you that John's development talents, financial savvy and skills working with people would carry across any type of project base."
"Oh how I wish I was dealing with John Goff
on a daily basis!!
"A member of the team that truly impressed me was John Goff
"As a member of the board of the Urban Land Institute's
Atlanta chapter while John
was its Chair, I was impressed at his
unique ability to be deeply collaborative while also accomplishing and executing numerous initiatives.
possess the unique ability to see and understand the big picture goals of any project while grasping the details and process necessary to bring it to success.